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Compost Tea Question

Post  kiwirose on 6/25/2011, 12:57 pm

So, I am having trouble keeping up with my compost tea. I don't want to waste it - liquid gold - but how often can I apply it? When I use it I water it down ~1:10 with rain water so it goes a long way.

It is already anaerobic because of how it collects below my compost bins, but I am sure it probably isn't THAT good to store it for long periods?

Any thoughts either on how long I can store it or how often I should apply it??

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Post  littlejo on 6/25/2011, 1:57 pm

Well I'd cover the compost bin. a little water is ok, but if you are getting a lot, the compost pile is too wet and will leach all the nutrients out of the compost and into your tea water. Of course, that may be your intention?
You should be able to put the water in a gallon jug and it should keep frorever.

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Re: Compost Tea Question

Post  westie42 on 6/25/2011, 2:00 pm

I bubble brew mine so that needs to be used in a short time. I do the house plants, gardens, flowers, , rhubarb patches, two neighbors flowers and start on the lawn and can always get rid of a batch. I don't really have an investment in it so why not liberally spread it around while it's fresh.


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Re: Compost Tea Question

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/25/2011, 2:05 pm

Does it stink? That would be anaerobic.

I don't think it matters how often you apply it. Most people recommend weekly, or even less often, because of the steps to make it. If you just steep it from a sock like I would, you can make it as often as you like with little trouble.

Personally, I would water with it as often as I felt like it. I would store it for as long as I liked, too, provided it didn't run me out of the house/garage/neighborhood. It's not poison, and it doesn't become poison. I wouldn't worry that much about it.
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Re: Compost Tea Question

Post  Denese on 6/25/2011, 2:33 pm

When I have it, I put mine in gallon milk jugs and apply it weekly. My tomato plants have always loved it! If I have left over, I just put the lid on the jugs and store them in my garage, out of direct sun. I've found if I leave them in the sun, they start bulging, and look like they're going to explode! Laughing
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/25/2011, 9:55 pm

@Denese wrote:When I have it, I put mine in gallon milk jugs and apply it weekly. My tomato plants have always loved it! If I have left over, I just put the lid on the jugs and store them in my garage, out of direct sun. I've found if I leave them in the sun, they start bulging, and look like they're going to explode! Laughing

Probably the fermentation process and all the gases building up. If you leave the lid slightly less than tight, you will allow that air to ever so slowly seep out. I have the same thing happen to my gas cans in my trailer on sunny days. The gas vapors accumulate and can't escape. I open the lid slightly, and when I wake up the next morning, my cans are all caved in...lol.

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Re: Compost Tea Question

Post  FarmerValerie on 6/26/2011, 8:23 am

Jeepers BBG, I feel older than you now, hubby and I love to go to Cracker Barrel on Sunday morning for our breakfast, that has become our date night.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/26/2011, 12:14 pm

..........errrr, date MORNING!
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Post  westie42 on 6/26/2011, 12:50 pm

You know for sure you are getting old when your beverage of choice becomes metamucil.

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